Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel. (Joshua 10:12-14)
Our God is a wonderful God, He have done many miracles. One of it is mentioned above. He stops Suns and Moon for the sake of His chosen people.
Even we may have lost many years wasting our times in vain things, but when we come to God and seek His forgiveness, He will forgive us. Is He able to restore our wasted time??? Hope so. But He will make us to utilize our remaining time in a best way, so that what ever time we have lost will be restored.He will restore all our blessings, There is nothing impossible from God.
“And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.”- Mat 26:49
Kiss is a sign of Love. Love may be towards father, son, mother, daughter, friends, lover anyone. Some people kiss their pets to show their love. Kiss is a expression of true love.
In Bible we read at many occasions where the word kiss is seen. Isaac kissed Jacob and blessed him. Esau kissed Jacob and forgave him. Joseph too kissed his brothers to show his love of forgiveness. David kissed Jonathan shows true friendship . In Song of solomon the kiss shows the love between bride(Church) and bride groom(Jesus Christ). But the greatest kiss we see is Judas Iscariot kiss Jesus Christ to betray Him. This is the worst thing a man can do to anyone. Kiss a sign of love is changed to sign of betrayal. Hence in Luk 22:48 we read –But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?.
Why did Jesus asked Judas this question?
Ans: Judas could have betrayed Jesus by showing his finger towards him or by telling them the color of clothing Jesus was wearing, or by shaking hand and speaking to Jesus. But Judas plan was to use kiss as sign of betrayal. But by the same kiss Jesus Christ forgave him.
This kiss can be compared to our love for the worldly things. Our kiss must not be like Judas but that of Jesus, who forgive all our sins , cleanse our sins, leads way to eternal life. Let us not kiss this world , But kiss the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ to be be with him eternally.
John 14:27- “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
In this world we can buy so many comforts, luxuries but one thing we can’t buy is peace. Only God can give us peace. Jesus gave us His peace before He ascended to heaven. Hence when we come to Jesus we get true peace within our heart. Even though there may be problems around us, but still God will us peace. For worldly people they may not have any problems, they may not lack anything in their life but still they will not be having peace this is because they are away from Jesus. We may lack many things but our Jesus is all in all to us. When God is with us nothing else we need. He will lead us, guide us, provide us, care us, deliver us from all our problems. Let us go to Jesus “Prince of peace”.
“And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.”- Gen 33:4
Jacob cheated Esau and took his birthright. He ran away to his uncle’s place. After 20 years he was returning to home (Canaan) with his family, cattle and wealth. Even after 20 years he was afraid that his bro. Esau will smite him. Hence previous night he wrestled with God got blessing by new name “Israel”. After meeting god receiving His mercy he met his brother.
The above verses shows the emotional reaction of Esau towards Jacob. Gen 33:4″ And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept. “One thing we can learn is Esau completely forgive his brother Jacob.
Even many years before we got saved, our works, talks, attitude would have hurt our own brother’s, sister, family, friends etc. After we got saved ,God would have forgiven our mistakes, but when we get an opportunity to meet them we need to ask forgiveness. That is what God expects from us. As Esau embraced Jacob, our Lord Jesus will embrace us when we meet him. Let God give us Grace and mercy…
I have many unanswered prayers. Thinking of those, only makes me weary. But when ever I commit sin, God convicts me through messages, bible or some other way. When God convicts, I question him, “Lord I have many unanswered prayers, but you won’t comment on those, but you warn & ask me to correct my life when I go wrong, Why is it so? ”
Afterall I am an mortal man, made of clay, I have no rights to question God, but still in mind I question .
When we commit sin and God convicts, corrects us , we must be happy. We must set our life right.
To some of us , when we are on wrong path and when God never corrects us or warn us, we must not feel happy, we must neither feel our path is right. It shows that God has stopped speaking us. Because he would have already warned, convicted us, but our ears are deaf to His voice.
Its not too late, still when we look up to Calvary, and pray sincerely, ask forgiveness for our sins , God will forgive and forget our sins.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”.-Psa 32:1
Mar 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
One of the reason which delays our blessing is unforgiving spirit. We must forgive our enemies, friends, husband, wife, children anyone who has done mistake. Only then Heavenly Lord will forgive us
Let’s pray to Jesus Christ to receive Grace to forgive others.